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Monday, May 20, 2019

African Proverbs Are Often Difficult To Understand

African Proverbs Are Often Difficult To Understand

Studying African Proverbs teaching social justice and global issues may be difficult to understand without first developing an inner awareness of self and local customs.

Studying African Proverbs teaching social justice and global issues

African Proverbs are often difficult to understand because they often refer to local customs or situations. However, among the strongest influences for learning lessons from people long on experience are through a nation's popular proverbs. They come, backed by the authority of the masses and that which everybody says we instinctively accept as true. 

Naturally, there is a tendency among the 54 African nations to make these compact and concise sayings, carved from real life. African proverbs and sayings are compressed summaries of practical wisdom, pure condensations of life-experience. 

There are many popular African proverbs which are full of truth and worthy of our study on social issues of hunger, injustice and global piracy of African land. 

Formed from the wisdom of many proverbs are crystallizations of experience, brief expressions of the wisdom of the ancients. Below are 21 Ancient proverbs worth ruminating over and studying in-depth.

African Proverbs are often difficult to understand

The labors of the poor make the pride of the rich.

It is a great way to the bottom of the sea.

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

It is pleasant to look at the rain when one stands dry.

Soon ripe, soon rotten.

A cat in gloves is a friend to rats.

In flying from the wolf, he met the lion.

In the land of promise a man may die of hunger and want.

It is pleasant to look at the rain when one stands dry.

Let everyone look to himself, and no one will be lost.

In the land of promise a man may die of hunger and want.

Soon ripe, soon rotten.

He that lives with cripples learns to limp.

A hungry belly has no ears.

Chickens are plucked as long as the feathers last.

Handsome apples are often sour.

Handsome apples are often sour.

See that you tie so that you can untie.

Better a land ruined than lost.

Better a land ruined than lost.

If you pull one, pig by the tail all the rest squeak.

He who plants fruit trees must not count upon the fruit.

Not all bite that shows their teeth.

Not all are Wise who ride with the King.

Heavy purses and light hearts can sustain much.

Were fools silent they would pass for wise men.

Not all are wise who ride with the King.

Chickens are plucked as long as the feathers last

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Cassava Facts and Nutrition

Cassava and cassava flour facts and nutrition

Cassava and cassava flour, everything you ever wanted to know.

Cutting cassava

Cassava is known by various names, manioc, yucca, yuca, mandioca, and tapioca. Cassava originated from tropical America and was first introduced into Africa in the Congo basin by the Portuguese around 1558.

Adding cassava and cassava flour to your diet can easily lead to weight gain since cassava flour has double the carbohydrate and calorie content of sweet potatoes. Cassava flour is great if you are looking for high-calorie food but not so great when trying to lose weight. Cassava flour maybe a gluten-free, wheat flour alternative, however, cassava root is essentially a rich carbohydrate source.

Cassava grows well in poor soils with little attention needed to grow the crop. However, it requires considerable postharvest labor because the roots are highly perishable and must be processed into a storable form soon after harvest. Roots can be harvested between six months and three years after planting.

Cassava is a major staple food in the developing world, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. Nigeria is the world's largest producer of cassava, while Thailand is the largest exporter of dried cassava however, Africa exports only one ton of cassava annually.

Nearly every person in Africa eats around 176 pounds or 80 kilograms of cassava per year. It is estimated that 37% of dietary energy comes from cassava. The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest consumer of cassava in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by Nigeria.

Many varieties of cassava contain a substance called cyanide that can make the crop toxic if inadequately processed. Various processing methods, such as grating, sun drying, and fermenting, are used to reduce the cyanide content.

Apart from food, cassava is very versatile and its derivatives and starch are applicable in many types of products such as foods, confectionery, sweeteners, glues, plywood, textiles, paper, biodegradable products, monosodium glutamate, and drugs. Cassava chips and pellets are used in animal feed and alcohol production.

Best Fritters Recipe

Best Fritters Recipe

Best Fritters Recipe

Fritters are best served with homemade soups and stews recipes. Golden brown Garri Fritters are a favorite recipe of Western Africa made with ground cassava flour and spices fried into delicious snacks.
Serves 8
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Best Cassava Fritters Recipe Ever

2 cups cassava flour
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 - 1/3 cups water
1-2 cups oil for frying

In a large frying pan heat vegetable oil. Add all ingredients, mix well and form small fritters, fry until golden brown about 3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with extra salt or curry powder before serving.

Best Fritters Recipe

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Telling African Folklore Stories in East Africa

Grounding rice and retelling African folklore stories in East Africa

Reading and collecting African folklore short stories is the perfect place to begin your African culture journey.

Great storytelling of the short story began in Africa with the African folktale also known as African folklore. Here are three famous short African stories to begin reading or save when you have time to sit down and truly enjoy the depth and complexity of African folklore.

Grounding rice and retelling African folklore stories in East Africa

Foolish Tongue East African Folktale Short Story

The chief of a village once asked, “Who are more in number in our village, the women or the men?” Koa, the village jester answered without hesitation, “Men are the minority, women the majority!” Koas' wife turned to him puzzled and asked, “How do you know this?” Koa laughed and said, “The reason why there are more women in our village dear wife is that men who listen to what women say are counted as women!” As soon as he spoke the words, Koa knew he would soon have one foot in this world and one in the next for his wife answered, “It is your foolish tongue that will carry you to your grave husband!”.

Why Frogs Croak African Short Story Folklore

The animals arrange a wrestling match between frog and elephant. It is agreed that at the beginning of the match, at the signal each contestant will rush forward into the wrestling match and begin the contest. However, the elephant comes so fast, that he stumbles and falls over on his back, frog jumps through elephant's legs, pins him and wins the match. All Frog's relatives began to croak, and to this day, they crock to each other celebrating the victory over the elephant.

Why the Sky is Curved East African Folklore Short Story

Many, many years ago, when people were innocent, as soon as they died, their souls went directly to heaven. In a short time, heaven was crowded with souls, because nearly everyone went there. One day, while God was sitting on his throne, he felt it move by someone. On looking up, he saw that the souls were pushing towards him because the sky was about to fall. At once he summoned five angels, and said to them, “Go at once to the earth, and hold up the sky with your heads until I can have it repaired.” Then God called together all his carpenters, and said to them, “Repair the heavens as soon as possible.” The work was done; but it happened that the tallest angel was standing in the center of the group; and so, ever since, the sky has been curved.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Segregation Violence Based On Gender

Segregation Violence Based On Gender

Violence because of being a woman.

Many opportunities for women in Africa are constrained, not least, due to violence and insecurity.

Segregation based on gender can lead to lower social standing, often accompanied by a lower standard of living in terms of income, access to employment and services, and voice in both national and local decision making.

Women working using traditional methods

Around 46% of women in Africa have experienced either non-partner sexual violence or physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, or both.

Physical violence meant the woman had been: slapped, or had something thrown at her; pushed or shoved; hit with a fist or something else that could hurt; kicked, dragged or beaten up; choked or burnt; threatened with or had a weapon used against her. Sexual violence meant the woman had: been physically forced to have sexual intercourse; had sexual intercourse because she was afraid of what her partner might do; been forced to do something sexual she found degrading or humiliating.
Woman working picking cotton in Benin.

In Ethiopia, of women who had ever experienced physical violence by a partner, 19% had been injured at least once.

Among the main injuries were abrasions or bruises in 39% of women who had been injured, sprains and dislocations 22%, injuries to eyes and ears 10%, fractures 18%, and broken teeth 6%. In 2016, the Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey sampled close to 5,000 women aged 15-49 from all the nine regions and two city administrations of Ethiopia and 47% of girls aged 15-19 said they had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).
Eastern and Southern Africa is home to half the world’s population living with HIV.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), approximately 1.7 to 1.8 million women reported having been raped in their lifetime. Access to maternal health services is still a challenge so that childbirth remains a potential threat to the life of women: Over 200,000 women in Africa still die each year giving birth.

Segregation Violence Based On Gender

Ethiopian women

Of the women who sought help after experiencing physical violence by a partner 39% of the women had never talked to anyone about the physical violence. Few abused women asked formal agencies or authorities for help. The most often mentioned were local leaders 15%, health services 4%, police 2% and the courts 1%. Among those women who did not seek help, 53% said they feared the consequences or had been threatened, and 37% said they considered the violence normal or not serious.

Women’s lack of voice in decisions that concern their lives is at the center of many of these issues. In Malawi and DRC, for example, 34% and 28% of married women respectively are not involved in decisions about spending their earnings. At the same time, women, forming a particularly vulnerable sub-group, head 26% of households in Africa.

The number of youth in Africa is growing rapidly, presenting both opportunities and risks with 50% of the population in the region are under 25 years of age. By 2050, Africa will have 362 million people aged between 15 and 24. This rapid increase contrasts starkly with the Middle East and North Africa, where increases in the size of this cohort have steadied, and even with East Asia, where numbers are dominated by China and the size of this cohort is expected to fall from 350 million in 2010 to 225 million by 2050.

Due to the size of the population, Africa has a high rate of female entrepreneurship at 33%, speaking to the potential and resilience of women in the region, which can contribute to an acceleration in the development of the African continent. With the right sexual violence and physical violence policies and teaching programs in place, a young population offers tremendous opportunities to end the violence against women in Africa.

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